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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment September 25, On the tiecord By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Columnist JESUS HE KNOWS ME Did you sthe face on the TV screen/Eoming at you 3very Sunday?/See the face on the billboard/rhat 3tan is me/On the cover of the magazine/there is no luestion'why I'm smiling/You buy a piece of par- tdise/You buy a piece ofme/rll get you everyihing you wanted/I'll get you everything you need/You don't need to believe in hereafter/lust believe in me. REFRAIN: 'Cause Jesus he knows me/And he knows l:m right/I've been talking to Jesus/All my life/Yes he knows me/And he knows I'm right/And He's been telling me/Everything : is all right. I believe in the family/With my eyer loving wife be- dside me/But she doesn't know about my girlfriend/Or me man i met last ght/Do you believe in God?/Be- use that is what I m selling/And if you want to get i: heavordl'll see you right/You won't even have to ave your house/Or get out of your chair/You don't even have to touch that dial/Because I'm everywhere. [REPEAT REFRAIN} y fl{td nmpracticing what I'm teaching/Why find me making no sacrmce:mut I can get you a pocket fitll of miracles/If you promise to be good and try to be nice/God will take care of you/lust do as I say, don't do as Ido/Well I m counting my blessingsa]e- getting phone spiritual bankruptcy book/lust call my toll-free number/You can do it any way you want/lust do it right away/Let there be no doubt in your mind/You believe everything I'm saying/If you want to get close to him/Get on your knees and start paying. Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford Sung by Genesis Copyright (c) 1992 by Anthony Banks Ltd., PhilCollins Ltd., Michael Rutherford Ltd. I'm surprised that "Jesus He Knows Me" is a hit. I would not expect a parody on TV evange- lism to have much appeal Perhaps it's just the Phil Collins-Genesis magic. Everything they record turns up on the Top Forty. The song presents all the familiar images as- sociated with a certain type of TV religion: the hi- tech marketing of salvation, personal deceit and the overall cheapening of the Gospel message. Heaven becomes not God s gift of love but a feel- ing to be bought for the right donation. I doubt if many teens take that kind of TV re- ligion very seriously. However, listening to the song did prompt me to wonder what place reli- gion has in a teen's life. The song points out that practicing religion and following the Gospel are not necessarily the same. One can be religious without being spiri- tual. Jesus addressed the same type of spiritual bankruptcy in the religion of his day. The was clear: Y people of life. Your reli your own doing! Yet, all of relig ligion has to offer something mistake to throw out one's Catho: understanding the benefits it can bring into your life. One of the best ways for teen: volved with relig ment of youth ministry have a youth minister on staff. choices, find support for facing and spirit of the Gospel alive and meaningful in teen's life. For several years, I worked in a istry retreat program. I saw and adults can come together to ing Jesus an exciting part of each person's As the song suggests, religion can be empty, boring and even this is not the whole picture. Find out what is happening in the youth ministry programs in your parish or area. Dis% cover haw practicing Catholicism can add zest to your life. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlle Martin, RR 3, Box of his society 182, Rockport, IN 47635.) New films 'Singles,' 'School Ties' This also means the movie examines the amusing pitfalls of dating, not the current dan- gers or moral considerations. With its upbeat tone and clever dialogue, "Singles" looks to have a steady date at the box office. Because of a restrained treatment of a sexual en- counter, a benign attitude to- ward premarital affairs and an instance of rough lan- guage, the U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropri- ate for children under 13. (GP). "School Ties" {Paramount) builds a quietly dramatic case for the groundlessness of prejudice, in this case against a Jewish student in a posh New England prep school in the lg50s. A football scholarship al- lows David Greene {Brendan Fraser) to spend his senior year at St. Matthew's Academy, a universe away from his working class up- bringing in Scranton, Pa. A sweet guy who is ac- cepted by. his wealthy WASP fellow students since he re- , I H VlN 13 I American [ National Bank [ Bicknell - Sanclborn I Vincennes I Orwe-in Fecililies - Member F.D.t.C. I stores their football glory, David hides the fact he is Jewish when he hears their anti-Semitic remarks. His newfound friendships and a budding romance abruptly end when a jealous dormmate (Matt Damon) an- grily reveals David's religion. The ugly bigotry escalates when a teacher discovers someone has cheated on a final exam. Director Robert Mandel's modest film builds dramati- cally and resonates with hon- esty well after the credits fin- ish rolling. The dialogue pulls no punches in exposing usually unspoken prejudices that can be passed on through genera- tions and tacitly accepted. Central to the movie's strength are the fleshed-out characterizations. David is not a martyr  he too is seen as culpable for having denied his heritage. Nor are his class- mates and girlfriend (Amy Locane} given simplistic treatment as despicable big- ots. Instead, they are shown as flawed youngsters, but ca- pable of rethinking their views. Only the headmaster and chaplain are sketchily written. : HUNTINGBURG:: Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRtFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVtNGSS QUALITY FOODS and MEATS At,sO Huntmgburg and Oakland City NEW YORK (CNS} Writer-director Cameron Crowe taps into the anxieties of the twentysomething crowd with his romantic comedy "Singles" (Warner Bros.). The subject is the throes of the dating game as practiced by the residents of a homey singles apartment complex in Seattle. Janet (Bridget Fonda) is dating rocker Cliff (Matt Dil- lon} and doesn't want to hear that she's not his main or only squeeze. Downstairs, Steve (Camp- boll Scott) has sworn off women for work, but as soon as he sees Linda (Kyra Sedg- wick) at a rock club he's a goner. Both are wary of a new relationship but unable to take it slowly. Debbie {Sheila Kelley) is going the video dating route with a strange tape sure to at- tract the local looneys. Crowe keeps it mostly light-hearted and superficial as the young adults triumph or get wounded in the dating wars. The only dramatic element is Steve and Linda's break-up when she thinks he only pro- posed because she was preg- nant. By movie's end, however, most of the characters have learned that friendship and love are not mutually exclu- sive. Not a startling insight to be sure, but the movie plays with a good deal of quirky charm and the likeable cast of characters delivers the right measure of carefree appeal. Beyond the hard-hitting message, the movie is an ex- cellent drama. Never trite or predictable, the situations de- velop solidly and credibly to a satisfying conclusion. In ad- dition, the production design is handsome, finely evoking the closed exclusivity of the privileged private academy in the '50s. Another minor feat is the film's ability to sympatheti- cally convey the overwhelm- ing pressure the wealthy boys feel to make it into an Ivy League college and not break generations of family tradi- tions. Both Fraser and bring skill and shading t their performances makes the movie's small prises have extra impact. "School Ties" ought strike a meaningful with young and old alike. Due to minor few sexual references a brief rear nudity, the U. Catholic Conference cation is A-II -- adults a! adolescents. The Motion pie': lure Association of AmeriCS: rating is PG-13 -- parents rs: strongly cautioned that material may be ina ate for children under 13. ii ii iii 1 EVANSVILLE SERVICE AND SHOPPING G UIDEI FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL (FREE ESTIMATES) GRANT PLUMBING CO. 484 S GOVERNOR AT CANAL Ph. 424-2441 Carpet Cleaning SERVICE MASTER For Free Estimates Call 428-0900 Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM 1916 W. FRANKLIN STREET PHONE (812l 423-7849 Herman Goebel Motor Co. 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